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Op-Ed Columns

Oh, the things you learn in court

One of the most depressing things for a reporter to cover —especially during the holidays — is court. I recently sat in on Johnstown City Court’s Tuesday morning proceedings for a couple of hours with the specific intent of covering one particular person’s criminal matter. Of course ...

The argument for Latin to be taught in the classroom

When I was in high school in the 1990s, there were three foreign languages offered to students, Spanish, French and Latin, but it was very clear, even then, that Latin, the “dead language” no one speaks, was on its way out. Latin, I recall, had very few students, while most of us, myself ...

No Democrats, dissenters allowed at annual Republican coronation

It’s that special, warm and fuzzy time of year again. Time for the new 2017 chairman of the Fulton County Board of Supervisors to be selected in private: this time Wednesday at the Raindancer Restaurant in Perth. Reporters, members of the public, and especially Democrats, needn’t ...

Giving to the United Way benefits our community

Executive Director of United Way of Fulton County It’s another campaign year at United Way, and the economic climate in our community continues to be challenging. During the first three months of our campaign, we realized a surge in generosity and took in over $30,000, toward our ultimate ...

Cheers to this generous community

Fulton and Montgomery County residents deserve recognition for the way they have come together to support others in the area. Through a mixture of fundraising events, benefits and ceremonies honoring those who have made a lasting impact on the area, the two counties have rallied numerous ...

Save taxpayer dollars, cut PR

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors sent a snazzy news release to my inbox with lots of quotes from leaders about the county’s “Vision 2026 Summit” on Oct. 25. The Holiday Inn event was deemed a total success, many agree. The problem is that area media — including The ...

Get involved in your communities

Coming from a small county doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do, just that maybe Fulton and Montgomery county residents should get out more often. Getting involved with the community through volunteer work, attending local events and workshops, or just visiting the local businesses in both ...

Perverting the presidency

The last place — and I do mean the very last place — any candidate wants to be is in the frame with Anthony Weiner. This is especially true if you’re Hillary Clinton. Even worse than being associated with the infamous sexter this week is being FBI Director James Comey, the ...

Clinton’s 5th term: Hill, no!

I keep hearing that Hillary Clinton would be “Obama’s third term.” The math is wrong. Barack Obama served the Clinton crime family’s third and fourth term. Electing Hillary would doom America to a fifth Clinton White House. From 1993-2001, under the “Two for the Price of One” ...

General aviation versatile

When I first got my pilot's license 22 years ago, I knew flying would be an important part of my life. What I didn't realize was that general aviation would touch so many aspects of my life - from supporting my business and family farm, to helping me to give back to my community through ...

County goals positive

Fulton County government has a history of responding to economic challenges.When the leather and glove industry faded, we rebounded, recovered and reinvented ourselves. We choose to take action when new opportunities present themselves.In the 1980s, we developed a plan that inspired the ...

Brazil pulled off Olympics

Rio summer olympic games concluded with a spectacular closing ceremony.Prior to and during the games, many concerns were expressed including water safety, Zika virus, robberies, safety and security of the players. Health advisories were issued. Many urged WHO to cancel the games because of ...

Buying better than leasing

By ROBERT A. DELILLIOn Thursday, registered voters residing in the Greater Johnstown School District will have the opportunity to cast ballots on two separate propositions regarding the proposed purchase of a storage and maintenance building and the proposed expenditure of money from the Bus ...

Nature of humanity questioned

For many people, life seems cruel like a cold, biting wind that gnaws away at you.We can experience a range of emotions when we feel the bitter coldness of life. Circumstances, other people and life experiences can leave us angry, bitter, unforgiving, even hostile. Our anger may be directed ...

Update on road project

To the residents of Montgomery County: I want to give an update on the status, planning and implementation to the Miami Avenue failure and reconstruction.The history of the Miami Avenue bypass started around 1984. Montgomery County Department of Public Works Department completed the project. A ...

Human nature immutable

Our beliefs determine where our values lie. What is valuable to you that you regard in high esteem? What is so precious you would die for it?In the Christian faith, we believers accept on faith Christ Jesus died for men. So, we value the dignity of human life. Contrariwise to Christianity, in ...

Gov’t can help workers

The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has been promoting an increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Businesses have been objecting to this increase because it would reduce or eliminate their profits.This is the usual approach, wanting wages to remain low, even to the point of workers ...

Prejudice will hurt innocents

For many people in the world, life is a matter of survival. If we have any sensitivity, human lives matter. But, people can be heartless, prejudiced and insensitive. In the 1960s, we white people segregated black people in the deep southern states in the name of skin color. Now, a replay of ...

Let’s take action on autism

Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the country, and there is a crisis for support services that needs immediate attention.As the father of a teenage son with autism, I hope parents, siblings, friends and other caretakers of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder across the ...